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New head named for Saratoga battlefield in Stillwater; Planning underway for America’s 250th in 2026

Leslie Morlock, inset, is the new superintendent of the Saratoga National Historical Park in Stillwater. A cannon at the battlefield (background) Credit: National Parks Service (inset) File (Background)

Leslie Morlock, inset, is the new superintendent of the Saratoga National Historical Park in Stillwater. A cannon at the battlefield (background) Credit: National Parks Service (inset) File (Background)

STILLWATER — Leslie Morlock, who most recently worked at the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation area, has been named the new superintendent of Saratoga National Historical Park, which commemorated the “turning point” battle of the American Revolution, the National Park Service has announced.

Morlock will take over on March 28, succeeding Amy Bracewell, who transferred last September to become superintendent of the Home of Franklin Delano Roosevelt National Historic Site, Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site (Val-Kill) and Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site, all located in Hyde Park, and the Martin Van Buren National Historic Site in Kinderhook. She was at Saratoga for five years.

The 3,400-acre Saratoga park, where buildings are currently closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic though grounds are open, preserves the lands where the Battles of Saratoga were fought in September and October 1777. The American victory is credited with turning the tide of the American Revolution, but many visitors also come to experience the natural setting and wildlife, including deer.

“The victory at Saratoga changed the entire course of the American Revolution,” said National Park Service Regional Director Gay Vietzke. “The park has an important role to play as we get closer to America’s 250th birthday in 2026. Leslie’s background in planning, visitor use management and partnerships provides a crucial skill set needed to lead the park as we approach this milestone.”

“I am honored and excited for the opportunity to serve as superintendent at this pivotal site in the history of the United States,” Morlock said in a National Park Service press release. “Saratoga National Historical Park is a unique place to learn about a key turning point in American history, explore nature and honor those who walked the hallowed grounds before us.”

Morlock is currently chief of strategic planning and project management at the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, where she served for eight years. Prior to joining the National Park Service, Morlock worked for county governments in Colorado, Pennsylvania and New York, and as an archeologist in the private and public sectors. She holds a bachelor of arts in anthropology and environmental studies from Grinnell College in Iowa, and a professional graduate certificate in Leadership for Public Lands and Cultural Heritage.

 

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